I have noticed many people saying they have a hard times remembering dreams. This thread will be a few things I have found useful in my experience
with dream recall and lucid states of dreaming.
Remember these are just tips! I am not claiming all of them will work, but a few may prove to be beneficial for some.
There is a supplement I find useful in relation to dream recall.
Some of you have heard of the melatonin supplement that can help regulate your sleep cycles. From my experience, melatonin is useful if you are having
trouble sleeping but (for me at least) the affects of melatonin actually hinder my ability to recall my dreams.
Instead I would suggest taking this Ginkgo Biloba, it can be found anywhere other supplements are sold.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species and its leaves are among the most extensively studied herbs in use today.
Ginkgo has been used in traditional medicine to treat blood disorders and enhance memory. Scientific studies throughout the years have found evidence
that supports these claims. Although not all studies agree, ginkgo may be help treat dementia (including Alzheimer's disease) and intermittent
claudication, or poor circulation in the legs. It also shows promise for enhancing memory in older adults.
Ginkgo is widely used in Europe for treating dementia. It was first used because it improves blood flow to the brain. Now further study suggests it
may directly protect nerve cells that are damaged in Alzheimer's disease. A number of studies have found that ginkgo has a positive effect on memory
and thinking in people with Alzheimer's or vascular dementia.
Now there are a few things to keep in mind before you try this natural supplement.
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger
side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of
a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.
Ginkgo usually has few side effects. In a few cases, stomach upset, headaches, skin reactions, and dizziness were reported.
You should ask your doctor before taking ginkgo if you also take blood-thinning drugs.
If you take ginkgo, you should stop taking it at least 36 hours before surgery or dental procedures due to the risk of bleeding. Tell your doctor or
dentist that you take ginkgo.
People who have epilepsy should not take ginkgo, because there is concern that it might cause seizures.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take ginkgo.
People who have diabetes should ask their doctor before taking ginkgo.
Do not eat Ginkgo biloba fruit or seed.
I have found Ginkgo to help prevent me from getting migraines. Probably because of the increased blood flow to the brain. The other thing I have
noticed is my dreams (while on the supplement) become more vivid and "interactive" for lack of a better word. It takes some time for the herb to build
up inside your body, so do not expect immediate results, but for anyone looking to remember more dreams and perhaps attain the "lucid" state this is
the number one thing I suggest.
After typing this i decided to look online for others experiences with this and dream recall.
Here are a few others experiences with Ginkgo
hey everyone, not sure if anyone posted anything on this subject before, lol but o well. i've been taking some gingko before i go to
sleep, and it really improves my recall and really increases the vividness of the dreams
Ginko Biloba is wonderful for dream recall as well as inducing LD. I've used it for years and can tell a difference on the occasions I've stopped
I have never taken it directly before bed, but after reading up some more about others experiences I may try taking it at night instead of in the
morning. I have good results with it now, so maybe this will improve them even more.
The next thing I suggest is before you go to sleep set the intent of remembering your dream. Intent is a big factor in this. If you fall asleep
expecting to not remember your dream often times that thought will produce the undesired result.
It sounds silly but ask yourself to show you something in your dream. I try not to expect results about a particular subject, or ask for an answer to
some "problem". A general request to open communication seem to work best for me. If I get specific the messages become jumbled you could say.
If you practice any form of meditation approach this much like you would a meditation session.
Now for the tough part!
When you wake up it is very easy to forget everything from the dream you had. It is important (i know its a pain) to keep a pen and paper within your
reach to jot down anything you can remember. If you are able to do this with your eyes closed even better.
When you first wake do not open your eyes or move around at all. Try to stay in that state of "between dreams" if you find yourself falling back into
sleep, get your pen and paper and write down anything you can. It doesn't have to be in order, I often start at the end of the dream because it is
easiest to remember.
What you will end up doing will be in essence reverse engineering your dream. This works best from my experience. Say I have a dream where at the end
I remember being at a friends house. When I wake up i scribble down "at joes house" often times it is hard to read but that isn't important.
The less you open your eyes the better, I find the light when I open my eyes makes things harder.
After you jot down "at joes house" relax again and slip into a half aware state, like a deep meditation. Begin thinking why you were "at joes house"
and let your subconscious help fill in the blanks. Often times I will get images or even words that bring back more memory of the dream. Once you get
another piece of information jot that down as well.
It is possible to start at the end of your dream and reverse engineer it back to it's beginning by doing it this way. Sometimes it may not be
necessary to start at the end, but if that is all you can remember this gives you a way to work backwards.
If you can remember more or all of the dream still do you best to write down things that will act as "markers" for your wakeful/conscious mind.
Eventually you will develop your own type of shorthand to communicate with your subconscious. I often use symbols in place of words sometimes.
Everyone will have there own style and whatever works best for you is what is important.
The reason writing things down is important is because as soon as we wake up and open our eyes, our wakeful mind start up and begins it daily routine.
By (at the very least) scribbling down a few words provides an opportunity or a bridge between your subconscious/conscious mind.
Once the bridge is built the more you use it the easier dream recall will become. Once your bridge becomes stronger the information you can learn is
astounding. For me it isn't about "predicting the future" but it is about communicating with yourself to learn things on a personal level.
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